Last updated on November 16th, 2016
If you, or someone else become injured with a very severe traumatic bleeding wound, chances are that even if you have a typical first aid kit with you, it will not have what you need to stop major bleeding, and applying pressure to the wound might not be enough.
Think about it. Most first aid kits have an assortment of typical size bandages for cuts and scrapes, a few gauze bandages (perhaps 2×2″ and 4×4″), gauze tape, and a few other supplies. The thing is, what are you going to do if someone gets a deep and profusely bleeding wound?
Do you have what you need to stop the bleeding until you can get professional help?
Because QuikClot stops moderate to severe bleeding until further medical help is available, this is why I have added the following to my first aid kits. It’s also a good SHTF medical prep.
QuikClot Clotting Sponge
Quikclot speeds coagulation of the blood, resulting in a clot that stops bleeding.
It stops bleeding quicker than conventional methods and is safe to leave on wounds until more advanced medical help arrives.
Quikclot is a natural enzyme that starts the blod clotting process in the body. Our bodies have small amounts of it that are there naturally (except for hemophiliacs), but Quikclot is simply concentrated to a high level.
You should also have a roll of gauze to go with the Quikclot to hold it in place. Alternatively there are recommendations to use the following product to hold the QuikClot bandage in place, apparently included in the U.S. Military’s IFAK, or individual first aid kit.
While the Israeli battle dressing comes with a 6″ bandage, simply apply the QuikClot bandage to the wound first, then wrap it up with the Israeli battle dressing bandage (or wrap with wide gauze).
Although the Israeli battle dressing is primarily designed to help staunch blood flow by applying pressure to the wound site, the 70-inch long elastic portion of the bandage can also be used in the field to construct a sling, to bind a strain or sprain, to secure splints to the broken limb, or even as an improvised tourniquet.
Important Note Regarding QuikClot
In most ordinary bleeding injuries, applying direct pressure to the wound site is adequate to control or stop the bleeding. This is important to know.
By applying pressure (ideally with a clean gauze or clean cloth over the wound) you will slow or stop the bleeding while allowing the bodies own coagulants to work and clot the wound area, or to provide time until professional help arrives – assuming they can be summoned.
I have read of concerns from emergency room doctors and personnel who say that in many cases people have used QuikClot where ordinary wound pressure treatment would have been adequate. The issue is that the use of (older) QuikClot (loose granules) will require the emergency room staff to clean the wound area of the granules – creating more trauma to the wound than otherwise.
Today’s QuikClot has the granules embedded into the pad/sponge so as not to cause this issue.